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Methods and apparatus for facilitating a payout at a gaming device using audio / video content
8690662 Methods and apparatus for facilitating a payout at a gaming device using audio / video content
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Inventor: Walker, et al.
Date Issued: April 8, 2014
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Primary Examiner: Lim; Seng H
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Attorney Or Agent: Neal, Gerber & Eisenberg LLP
U.S. Class: 463/24; 463/20
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International Class: A63F 9/00
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Foreign Patent Documents:
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Abstract: In accordance with one or more embodiments, a method provides for determining a first payout to potentially be provided for a current game play of a gaming device, wherein the gaming device is operable to facilitate a wagering game and providing the first payout only upon the satisfaction of a plurality of conditions. The plurality of conditions may comprise, for example, (i) indicia indicative of the first payout being disposed along a payline of the gaming device, wherein the payline is a component of a first display area of the gaming device, and (ii) a characteristic of audio/video content associated with the current game play satisfying a requirement for providing the first payout, wherein the audio/video content is output via a second display area of the gaming device.
Claim: What is claimed is:

1. A method of operating a gaming device, said method comprising: (a) causing a processor to operate with a display device and an input device to determine a first payout topotentially be provided for a play of a wagering game of the gaming device; and (b) causing the processor to operate with the display device to provide the first payout only upon a substantially concurrent display of both of: (i) indicia indicative ofthe first payout along a payline of the gaming device displayed in a first display area of the gaming device, and (ii) a characteristic of audiovisual content associated with the play of the wagering game satisfying a requirement for providing the firstpayout, the audiovisual content displayed in a second display area of the gaming device and the audiovisual content is selected from at least one of the group consisting of: a television show, a movie, a cartoon, a live sporting event, a prerecordedsporting event, a radio program, a song, and a concert.

2. The method of claim 1, further including causing the processor to operate with the display device and the input device to: (a) determine the indicia based on a random number; (b) display the determined indicia along the payline; (c)determine the audiovisual content being displayed at substantially a same time the indicia is displayed along the payline; (d) determine whether the audiovisual content being displayed at substantially the same time as the indicia is displayed along thepayline satisfies the requirement, and thereby determining whether the requirement is satisfied for the play of the wagering game; (e) provide the first payout if the requirement is satisfied; and (f) provide a second payout if the requirement is notsatisfied, the second payout being less than the first payout.

3. The method of claim 1, wherein the second payout is equal to zero credits.

4. The method of claim 1, wherein the characteristic includes at least one of a specified character and a specified object being displayed in the second display area.

5. The method of claim 1, wherein the characteristic includes a character of the audiovisual content speaking a specified term.

6. The method of claim 1, further including causing the processor to operate with the display device and the input device to: (a) determine whether a payment has been received from a player associated with the first payout, the payment being inexchange for providing payouts in accordance with the satisfaction of requirements of the audiovisual content; (b) provide the first payout only if the payment has been received; and (c) if the first payment has not been received providing a secondpayout.

7. The method of claim 6, wherein the characteristic includes at least one of a specified character and a specified object being displayed in the second display area.

8. The method of claim 6, wherein the characteristic includes a character of the audiovisual content speaking a specified term.

9. The method of claim 6, wherein the first payout includes the second payout provided in a first form plus an additional payout provided in a second form.

10. The method of claim 1, further including causing the processor to operate with the display device and the input device to receive a selection of the audiovisual content which determines the displayed audiovisual content, the selectedaudiovisual content being selected from a plurality of different available audiovisual content selections.

11. The method of claim 10, wherein receiving the selection includes determining that a player of the gaming device has selected the audiovisual content.

12. The method of claim 10, wherein receiving the selection includes receiving an indication of the audiovisual content from a controller device.

13. The method of claim 1, further including causing the processor to select the displayed audiovisual content from a plurality of available audiovisual content.

14. The method of claim 1, further including causing the processor to analyze the audiovisual content to determine whether the audiovisual content possesses the characteristic that satisfies the requirement.

15. The method of claim 14, wherein analyzing the audiovisual content includes analyzing the data including the audiovisual content.

16. The method of claim 15, wherein analyzing the audiovisual content includes accessing a record of a database, the record storing information about characteristics possessed by the audiovisual content.

17. The method of claim 16, further including causing the processor to operate with the display device and the input device to begin display of the audiovisual content at substantially a time of the play of the wagering game, such that theaudiovisual content is displayed only with the play of the wagering game.

18. The method of claim 17, further including causing the processor to select the audiovisual content to be displayed such that the requirement is satisfied.

19. The method of claim 1, wherein the audiovisual content is displayed during a plurality of plays of the wagering game.

20. A gaming device comprising: a processor; an input device; a first output device; a secondary output device; and a memory device which stores a plurality of instructions, which when executed by the processor, cause the processor tooperate with said input device, said first output device and said secondary output device to: (a) receive a payment for a play of a game; (b) randomly determine a first payout to potentially be provided for the play of the game; and (c) provide thefirst payout only upon a substantially concurrent display of both of: (i) indicia indicative of the first payout being displayed along a payline, the payline being displayed by the first output device, and (ii) a characteristic of audiovisual contentassociated with the current game play satisfying a requirement for providing the first payout, the audiovisual content being displayed by the secondary output device and the audiovisual content is selected from at least one of the group consisting of: atelevision show, a movie, a cartoon, a live sporting event, a prerecorded sporting event, a radio program, a song, and a concert.

21. The gaming device of claim 20, wherein the plurality of instructions, which when executed by the processor, cause the processor to operate with the input device, the first output device and the secondary output device to: (a) determine theindicia based on a random number; (b) display the indicia along the payline; (c) determine the audiovisual content being output at substantially a time the indicia is displayed along the payline; (d) determine whether the audiovisual content beingdisplayed at substantially the time the indicia is displayed along the payline satisfies the requirement, thereby determining whether the requirement is satisfied for the play of the game; (e) provide the first payout if the requirement is satisfied; and (f) provide a second payout if the requirement is not satisfied, the second payout being less than the first payout.

22. The gaming device of claim 21, wherein the second payout is equal to zero credits.
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